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Learn how to hunt turkey using a turkey decoy

Updated on February 10, 2015

The Old Gobbler

The North American wild turkey, otherwise lovingly called long beard, gobbler, and oh yeah S.O.B from time to time. A weary animal is he, standing about thirty-six inches from the bottom of his three toed feet to the top of his color changing head. With his monocular vision and long neck, the ole gobbler with the turn of his head sees a full 360 degrees. This makes stalking him all but impossible. Which begs the question, if a hunter cannot sneak up on the ole long beard, how do we get him to come to us? Continue reading this article and I believe you will Learn how to hunt turkey using a turkey decoy, discover the little known secrets you simply should know to increase your turkey hunting success.

Hey all you Hens watch me strut my stuff

The old Gobbler expects the hens to come to him.
The old Gobbler expects the hens to come to him.

Feeding hen decoy doesn’t spook ole gobblers

Flock of Wild Turkeys

The wild turkey is by his very nature a bird that prefers to be part of a flock. During summer and early fall, a tom is perfectly happy being around his fellow bachelors. Late fall and through the winter months all the hens, jakes, pullets and toms gather in their winter flocks. Then there is the spring, that special time of the year when love is in the air. The only thing the old gobbler’s heart desires is romance. The old testosterone levels go off the charts and the old gobblers, long beards or toms if you like, get real competitive when it comes to the breeding hens.

The old Tom wants

Knowing what a turkey wants to do, where he wants to do it, and with whom he wants to do it with is at least half the battle. However, you simply must remember, a turkey is Easley spooked. When a gobbler sees something that is not quite right, he will leave the area quick, fast, and in a hurry.

Being not quite right, is different for each long beard, and even more challenging a gobbler will not necessarily react the same way to a given situation every time he encounters it. That my friend is how an ole gobbler gets to be an old gobbler, being unpredictable and unforgiving. While we are on the subject of an ole gobbler, did you know it is possible for a wild turkey to live more than ten years, even as many as twelve or thirteen? Most however, do not live anywhere close to that. For the most part, toms meet with their demise closer to two years of age.

Weary Old Bird

It truly is a cruel world after all in the animal kingdom; predators are indeed around every corner. Turkeys do taste good and any Conover will go out of there way to get themselves a tasty turkey dinner. Foxes, coyotes, and dogs on the ground, and birds of prey from above make the wild turkey extremely weary. This just serves to reinforce the old words of wisdom, that what does not kill us makes us stronger. The old long beards, you know the old birds with the eleven and twelve inch beards or ropes as they are called, and sport a set of hooks or spurs if you like long enough the hang over a limb, earning them the nick name ‘limb hanger’. Learn these valuable lessons well, and that my friend is why after the tender age of three years old a gobbler gets really hard to hunt, and after four “all but impossible”.

However, all but impossible, is not to say an old long beard is impossible to hunt. For a turkey hunter to be successful when hunting a mature old gobbler, a hunter simply must tell Mr. Long beard what he wants and more importantly, expects to hear. The way he expects to hear it. Show him what he expects to see where he expects to see it. Then close the deal with him before he realizes what it is that has just happened to him, sounds easy, right. Remember, above all, as a turkey hunter you must be and have an unbelievable amount of patience. I liken it to the story about the two bulls standing on the hillside.

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There was this old Bull and a younger bull still in training on how to be a bull, lying atop a hill in the pasture underneath a shade tree. When a large truck pulling a stock trailer drove into the driveway, pulled-up to the loading ramp, and with a loud, blast of air from the brakes as it stopped awoke the younger bull from his nap. The old bull still lay where he napped motionless, as the doors on the stock trailer opened with a clang and a bang.

With the sound of the door opening, the young bull jumped to his feet, and locked his eyes of the now open door on the trailer. What to his wondering eyes should appear? One of the prettiest little heifers the young bull had ever seen, and then another, and another, after all was said and done there was a total of five of the best-looking heifers standing in the holding pen the young bull had ever had the good fortune to lay his eyes on.

With the sight of the little heifers just standing there in the pasture, the young bull could not help himself. He started pacing back and forth, pawing the ground, and bellowing at the top of his lungs.

Being somewhat annoyed with the young bull’s behavior. The old bull awoke from his nap, stumbled to his feet and asked the young bull; just what in the world is all the commotion about?

Look, at all those beautiful heifers standing down there in the pasture, I am going to run down there and get me some.

Yeah, your about to get you some, but it just might not be what you think. I tell you what, let us just work our way to them real slow, See exactly what is going on, when we see everything is exactly how it should be, we will then and only then, my foolish young friend, ease up too them, and have our way with them all.

Remember, Learn how to hunt turkey using a turkey decoy like the ole bull, and have your way with all the thunder chickens, long beards, or gobblers if you like, in your neck of the woods.

Remember, pre-season scouting, patients and close the deal when the time is right. Mike

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    • katiem2 profile image


      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Cool, who knew you could use a turkey decoy to hunt turkey, this is fantastic information, thanks!

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      habee great to hear your family members hunt turkeys.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Great tips! I've never hunted turkey, but my family members have.


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